Stowe Story Labs has awarded the 2018 Vermonter Fellowship to Norwich University student Alastair Huntley, for his feature drama HALF SHELL.
The script follows the tragic path of Danielle, a young, pregnant, former addict fighting for custody of her unborn child. The other finalists for the Vermonter fellowship are Jennifer Latham, with her marvelous period drama, THE HOMEMAKER, and Nate Herzog, with his out-of-this-world Sci-Fi thriller THE STONE PEOPLE.
Alastair is a full-time, 5th-year cadet at Norwich University in the Studies in War and Peace Program (original kilo company).
Along with screenwriting, Alastair focuses on academic research relating to the Eastern Front during both World War I and World War II. Alastair wrote to us that "I am probably the only screenwriter at Norwich University who also completed the Corps of Cadets. This means I offer a unique Vermont perspective for the Story Lab to consider." He is right in both regards. Alastair is a young writer with a strong voice and an ambitious plan, which includes shooting and making work in Vermont. We look forward to working with him as he launches his bold plan.
In addition to HALF SHELL, Alastair is working on a piece of historical fiction set on the Norwich University campus during World War II. His goal is to not only publish the novel, but to also write the screenplay and produce the film after he completes HALF SHELL.
Stowe Story Labs wishes as well to honor the finalists for the 2018 Vermonter Fellowship:
Jennifer Latham started her film career in her home state of Vermont on Nora Jacobson’s MY MOTHER’S EARLY LOVERS, the beginning of two decades of work on films that go beneath the surface in revealing, honest, and often provocative ways. Her documentary credits include the award-winning ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON’S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, followed by TWO TOWNS OF JASPER, the critically acclaimed PBS documentary for which she received a Columbia-Dupont award as Co-Producer. She line-produced two films with Michael Moore, including the Oscar-nominated SICKO and has produced documentaries ranging in topics from international adoption to an enduring musical tradition in Haiti. In 2014 she received a prime-time Emmy for her work as Supervising Producer of YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, a series about climate change.
Jennifer submitted her haunting period drama THE HOMEMAKER to the Lab. The story is set in 1920's Vermont and examines what happens when a woman must become the breadwinner in a family.
Jennifer serves on the board of Latchis Arts and is Program Director for The Vermont Film Institute, a film trade school based in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Nate Herzog is a playwright and a screenwriter living in Burlington, Vermont. He writes to us that "I've loved movies, audio plays, and the theater since I was a child. I dream of contributing to the fantastic collection of stories I've enjoyed my whole life. When not writing, I am a sport fencer, a runner, a designer, a developer, and a father."
Nate submitted his sci-fi feature script THE STONE PEOPLE, a compelling story about the discovery of aliens living within rocks on the red planet. As scientists scramble to study the aliens, they must confront the political and bureaucrats back on earth as much as the discovery.
The Vermonter Fellowship is made possible through sponsorship by the Vermont Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization inspiring giving and bringing together people and resources to make a difference in Vermont; The Alchemist Brewery, a Vermont-based, family run brewery specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA; Stowe Story Labs; and Stowe's Helen Day Art Center, a contemporary art gallery and education space (as well as the spiritual and physical home of Stowe Story Labs).
The Stowe Story Labs Vermonter Fellowship is dedicated to finding aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers in Vermont and to help them develop their work, the skills and a community to get work made and seen.